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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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richard a part-time user from UK writes:
I got my CP30 a couple of weeks ago and it was in very good condition which given the age of it is not too bad, on first sight you think why the ell did I buy that, but getting it set up and playing around with the switches it soon becomes unique, the harder you hit the keys the better it sounds. I have had some pianos and modules etc in the past but you cant beat a vintage electric piano, with this one being built like a tank, it seems even more special, although I would trade it for a CP70 or CP80 but thats me dreaming.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-25-2007 at 11:22
Tom Turtel a hobbyist user from Brooklyn, NY writes:
I had one of these for a good while, from 1980 to 1990 I guess. The case was ingeniously designed; the lid split in half to form very sturdy legs. I used to stand on the thing sometimes!! The top of the piano could accommodate another large keyboard. My Prophet 5 used to fit on it with room to spare. How I miss the ability to stack up several keyboards!

Although it had very few sounds, just 3 variations of a single electronic piano sound, albeit one that was unique, plus a moderately interesting harpsichord, it sounded great, especially when amped in stereo. The stereo tremolo is heavenly. The action is weighted but kind of light for a piano. I agree wholeheartedly with the writer that said that it is very expressive. It never gave me trouble and was always my go-to keyboard when one of my analog synths used get weird on me. I would use it extensively on sophomoric jams based on Led Zep’s No Quarter, and Pink Floyd’s Echoes, and plenty more. Although I doubt I’d use it much these days I am sort of sorry I sold it.

Its not used on very many recordings that I’m aware of. The sound is so unique I can always identify the sound of a CP-30 the second I hear it. The Hall and Oates song its seen and heard on is called You Make My Dreams. I’m pretty sure its used on CSN’s Southern Cross, and maybe Wasted on the Way as well. I’ve heard Rick Wakeman use it live on some late 70’s boots (he seemed to like the Harpsicord setting especially), but its not on any Yes albums as far as I know.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-21-2006 at 19:50
robert a part-time user from Arizona USA writes:
HI I have had mine for about a year now and I paid 250 or 300 I don't remember now It had some dead keys so I opened it up and the little metel contacts above the hammers I just sorta' rebent them and Voila' no more dead keys I have several synths and an acoustic piano and my favorite my love a 1978 fender rhodes 73 suitcase but this CP30 is awesome it has some very interesting sounds and application possibilities. I have used it for rock/country fusion and blues and some goofy jazz stuff.Hey why not? Its heavey as heck but easy to work on and it stays in tune (I still love my rhodes anyway...little springs how adorable) so I will continue to find new uses for it. play On Y'all

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-27-2005 at 17:14
Paul Lenz a hobbyist user from Germany writes:
I bought the CP-30 in the year 1978 because it's sound was very similar to an acoustic piano (if you ignore the humming and hissing noise). Switch both generators on "PIANO 1", tremolo off, and all controls on medium. You think now it sounds very boring? Yes, that's right.

But now play a cord with your right hand and on the same time turn one of the pitch knobs slowly with your left hand until... WOW!!! No other piano has this great feature!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-21-2005 at 11:39
Bill Barton a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I've had my CP30 for about 20 years now. Believe it or not I used to haul it to live shows. Despite its 100-pound plus weight, it's not _that_ hard to move and set up if you have a 2nd person to help you.

Reason I got it: there's nothing else on the planet like it. It sounds exactly the way an acoustic piano doesn't. Despite its cheesy electronics, it's remarkably expressive. And it's also remarkably hard to emulate with other synthesizers - it uses top octave division synthesis and relies heavily on the phase relationship between the oscillators in order to get its bite. (I'm sure a tonewheel organ algorithm could be modified to do it, but I seriously doubt there's quite the market for a CP30 emulation as there is for Hammond organ emulation)

Anyway, good examples of this instrument in recorded music: Ultravox "Astradyne" (the odd "piano" intro), as well as quite a few other tracks on "Vienna" and "Rage In Eden". Gary Numan "Down In The Park" and many other tracks on "Living Ornaments '80", "Telekon", and "Dance". There's one on stage with one of Gary's keyboardists in his 1980 appearance on Saturday Night Live, but I've never been able to identify its sound in the music. The Cars first 3 albums have CP30 all over the place. Various Visage tunes. Some Hall & Oates tune that I remember from 1983-era MTV (don't know the name) has one in the video and probably in the recording as well.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-19-2003 at 15:15
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